13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
bus:  3​h
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Puerto Limon
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: San Jose

1
day
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 3rd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip app .

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 5th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Escondido Preserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Wild Hikes.

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Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Monteverde in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Mariposas Sarchi, then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, identify plant and animal life at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Pierella Ecological Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park tour builder site .

Drive from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pierella Ecological Garden, Mariposas Sarchi, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Los Chorros Waterfalls
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada ©
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website .

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Puerto Limon

On the 12th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Explore Limon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Veragua Rainforest Park, kick back and relax at Playa Bonita, and then walk around Vargas Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Limon online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Limon in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Explore Limon ©
Explore Limon

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